From ESPN, ROOKIE WATCH: Early Disappointments by David Thorpe
I don't watch hardly any NBA basketball so I won't really comment (I'll leave that to others).
1. Greg Monroe, Pistons
He's 6-foot-11 and 250 pounds. He's a decent athlete. And he's played as a post player his whole basketball career. Would you like to guess how often he gets his shot blocked?
First, I'll give you some reference points. Derrick Favors has yet to have a shot blocked in the NBA, inside the paint or on a jumper. Incredible. DeMarcus Cousins gets 15 percent of his jump shots swatted (not great), but only 7 percent of his paint shots blocked (pretty darn good).
Monroe has had 24 percent of his paint shots blocked and 25 percent of his shots outside the paint blocked. Gulp. Those are astoundingly bad numbers. And watching him on tape, it's easy to see what his issues are -- no explosion, little creativity or extension and no sense of urgency as a finisher.
He's playing like he's a 6-6 power forward (like Chuck Hayes, who also gets 24 percent of his paint shots blocked). He's getting blocked by bigs in front of him because he's not challenging them with any fakes or anything that will throw off their timing -- and when he does fake, it's in slow motion. And he's getting blocked from behind by guards who can easily read his intentions. His problems are fixable, of course, but with the Pistons playing better basketball, his minutes may diminish.